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10 Reasons to Try Online Therapy

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Online Therapy has many names, including: e-therapy, distance therapy, e-counselling, and online psychotherapy. It is a relatively new way of providing therapy, but it also has many advantages. So just why should you consider trying online therapy? Here is my list of 10 reasons:

  1. Online therapy doesn't require you to travel to a local therapist. There are a number of situations and reasons why you might not be able to travel to a local therapist, for example: disability, energy levels, fear, weather, inconvenience, lack of transportation, or lack of a suitable therapist in your vicinity.
  2. Attending e-therapy is easier and less time consuming. With the need for travel eliminated you no longer need to worry about the difficulty of or the time required to travel from point A to point B. This means your time and energy is used more effectively.
  3. Because the internet means you are no longer limited to selecting therapists in your area, you can choose a therapist that best suits your needs, regardless of their location.
  4. Online therapy can also be more affordable than traditional therapy as it cuts out many overheads for the therapist. These overheads include the cost of renting expensive counselling space and also the therapists travel costs. These savings can then be passed on to you the client!
  5. You also save on the cost of transportation, meaning your overall savings are further increased.
  6. Using digital platforms can also mean that materials are easier to manage. Using digital files means that you no longer need to worry about a worksheet getting lost or damaged, if something happens to your printout, you can simply print it out again from the electronic file sent to you by your therapist. Equally if you run out of space or want to start an exercise again from scratch, having the electronic file makes this easier. This is particularly useful for CBT activity sheets.
  7. Distances don't matter. Long distance relationships or families living apart can receive therapy together, even if they are living in completely different countries!
  8. As long as you have internet, your therapist is easily accessible no matter where you go. This is particularly useful if you move to a new town, go on a business trip, or if you need support during a holiday. Of course, therapy is always your choice, but you have more options now than ever before.
  9. It is also easier than ever to change therapist. This can be important as you might not necessarily find the right therapist for you straight away. If you feel you would like to try a different therapist, it is easier than ever to find one.
  10. You can arrange a time that suits you better. When searching for a traditional therapist, you may be limited to certain times of day, when they are available or working. However, with online therapy, you may be able to find a therapist with an availability that suits you. You can even have therapy with someone in a different time zone if it makes therapy more convenient! 
Ok, so that is my list of 10 reasons to try online therapy. I for one think that online therapy is a fantastic alternative to traditional therapy, and for that reason I currently offer online therapy exclusively. If you are interested in setting up a session with me, please do not hesitate to email me at:
As an aside, I think I can think of a few more great reasons to try online therapy, perhaps you can too. If you have an idea, feel free to make a suggestion below, and I might get around to writing a top 20 reasons to try online therapy list!